Artist: Francis Wheatley (British, London 1747–1801 London)
Date: ca. 1785
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 38 3/4 x 50 in. (98.4 x 127 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2009
Accession Number: 2009.357
Wheatley was among the best painters of the small-scale group portrait, or conversation piece, which is so typical of the mid-eighteenth-century English school. Here he shows a couple and their little girl, traditionally identified as members of the Saithwaite family. The lady's dress, with its elaborate starched white muslin trim, her puffy powdered hair, and her elaborate plumed hat indicate a date of about 1785. The red figured damask upholstery and the Turkey carpet are painted with attention to detail, but the pattern of the carpet is too steeply foreshortened and it seems to slope forward.